Photos courtesy Marco Bicego

World-renowned jewelry designer Marco Bicego, whose luxe pieces are some of our team's favorites, is visiting Saks Fifth Avenue at Polaris Fashion Place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19. The Italian designer-who spent years perfecting his craft under his goldsmith father's watchful eye-will meet with customers for personal consultations. (To schedule one, call 614-430-3500, ext. 321.) He's visiting to celebrate his 10-year anniversary with Saks Fifth Avenue. And to celebrate his visit, we touched base via email to talk jewelry, inspiration and more.

- Kristy Eckert

Q: What prompted you to go into jewelry making?

A: I was born in Vicenza, the gold capitol of the world. I used to spend summers each year at my father's goldsmithing factory, where I would watch the craftsmen at work and try my hand at making objects of my own. My collection debuted in 2000 at the Vicenza Oro fair. My aim was to express my personal vision of life, my passions and my curiosity through jewelry design. We just celebrated our 10th anniversary which is an incredible milestone for me personally. I can't believe how fast time has gone by and how we've grown.

Q: What inspires you as an artist?

A: I draw inspiration from the beauty I find in my everyday life-colors in nature, architectural design-and I imagine what my clients want to wear next. Also, I am very inspired by the places I travel to, and often, I name my collections after the destination that has inspired me-Jaipur, Africa and Paradise.

Q: What is your single favorite piece of jewelry for a woman to wear, and why?

A: I love a great necklace or two layered. It can transform an outfit and take it from day to night with one simple piece. All of my pieces are meant to be layered and worn together, so I say the more the better. I love that a long necklace can be worn a variety of different ways and can be styled based on the client who is wearing it. For example, someone in her 30s might wrap a long necklace multiple times at varying lengths where someone who is more conservative and a little older would wear it wrapped evenly at the same length creating a more tailored look.

Q: What is your favorite piece of jewelry you've ever made?

A: My wife's wedding band, which is crafted 18kt gold, of course. It holds special meaning to me.

Q: What is your personal favorite piece of jewelry to wear?

A: I like to wear a simple gold necklace and bracelet. It goes with any outfit and isn't complicated to incorporate into my wardrobe.

Q: How do you describe your personal style?

A: Simple with a European flair. I dress very casually, yet elegantly. I wear jeans almost all the time!

Q: What is the best part about what you do?

A: I love the design process and interacting with the consumer on the selling floor. When I am designing, I have in mind a dynamic, curious woman, who sees shopping for jewelry in the same light as shopping for handbags, shoes and clothes. My aim is to focus once again on materials and workmanship, as in the past, rather than on short-lived fashion fads. I love being able to see the fundamentals of the brand translate into collections on the selling floor and see how our client responds to them. Since I am so close to the design-from my inspiration to the sketch to the production of each piece-it allows me to connect with the customer on the selling floor on a different level. When a customer holds a piece and tries it on she instantly connects to its ease of wear and fluid design. I have a deep appreciation for my customer and try to create a luxury experience at all levels.